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Carpe Jugulum: Discworld, Book 23 | [Terry Pratchett]

Carpe Jugulum: Discworld, Book 23

Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side.
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Publisher's Summary

Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side.

There are the witches: young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything; Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies; Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing; and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.

And the vampires are intelligent, with fancy waistcoats and lots of style. They're out of the casket and want a bite of the future.

Browse more novels of Discworld.

© Terry and Lynn Pratchett, 1998;(P)2000 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Pratchett lampoons everything from Christian superstition to Swiss Army knives here, proving that the fantasy satire of Discworld 'still ate'nt dead'." (Publishers Weekly)
"Every sentence is made to sing for its supper, and it is this precision that allows [Pratchett] such meticulous control of the pacing, the plotting, and of course, the humour." (The Times [London])
"Another sidesplitting Discworld adventure." (Kirkus)

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    Skylar 08-23-11
    Skylar 08-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Only 4 because of narration"

    The story is 5 star, but I wasn't as impressed with the narration. If you are used to Stephen Briggs's narrating, this will be quite different for you as well! However, it wasn't all bad--it just took some getting used to. He also reads a little slower than Stephen Briggs, which helped me catch a little more detail on the first listen. I would definetly listen to the sample first to see if you like it, but other than that, there were no problems for me.

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    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-06-10
    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable visit to Lancre"

    Nigel Planer is marvellous and it is wonderful to spend time back in Lancre after so long away at Ankh Morpork.

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  • Clare
    Stroud, United Kingdom
    1/17/11
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    "A book with bite"

    I have never come across a Discworld book that fails to enthral and delight, and this one is about a good as they get. From the witty one-liners, to the struggle between good and evil (an even harder battle to fight when it takes place inside your own head) and the problems with The Maiden, The Mother and The Other One. A truly wonderful story to sink you teeth (or fangs) into.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marie O'R
    Leeds, England
    10/13/12
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    "Great story - shame about the narration"

    Agree with the other reviewer about the failings of Nigel Planer's narration - which is a shame because his performances on Witches Abroad and Maskerade are better. What is really irritating is the lack of consistency in the voices between books - particularly noticeable with Agnes who has an entirely different accent to the one in Maskerade! Anyone who is looking for good Pratchett narration should go for the later Discworld unabridged books as performed by the amazing Stephen Briggs - whose voices are perfect for the characters and absolutely consistent between books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    London, United Kingdom
    9/8/11
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    "Disappointing"

    This is a terrific book, funny and pacy. But I didn't like Nigel Planer's performance - everyone sounds the same, and they all sound stupid. Sheila Hancock makes a much better Granny Weatherwax.
    I won't be buying any of the other Pratchett audiobooks, shame, because I love them.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • JAYNE W
    12/19/14
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    "exceptional pratchett at his best"

    nigel planner amazing narration he truly brings the characters to life .
    fantastic story line. would make an amazing film as would ALL pratchett books
    love all pratchett have every single book
    from my book shelves and on audible as well as on my kindle.
    it is true to say that I am a true pratchett fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rach
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    What did you like most about Carpe Jugulum?

    I am not a fan of vampire stories in general, so I was a little worried, but it was a very good story. Funny and engaging as always.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The role of Agnes Nitt in the story is very unique and well written


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nigel Planer is excellent at performing this and every other story I have listened to by him. It is a performance, not a reading, and the characters really come to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I couldn't pick one moment that moved me, but there were many memorable moments and times which made me chuckle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Ryde, United Kingdom
    2/3/13
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    "Carpe Jugulum gets you by the throat!"

    Really great listen and I guess 'read'! Had me hooked from start to finish - Mr Pratchett has a knack like no other!

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